Over the weekend, the 76ers sent Thaddeus Young to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Miami's 2015 first-round pick, Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved. There were some who believed the Sixers only wanted the draft pick and would consider buyout agreements with Mbah a Moute and Shved, similar to how they handled Danny Granger in February.
That does not appear to be the case. The Bucks County Courier-Times' Tom Moore reports both players are expected to stay with the team and, in the case of Shved, receive more playing time.
Shved, a third-year pro from Russia, is set to make $3.2 million next season while Mbah a Moute is on the books for $4.4 million.
Neither player averaged more than four points last year, though the Sixers could try to determine if the 6-foot-6 Shved could help beyond 2014-15 in the rebuilding of a franchise.
Regarded as a good defender, Mbah a Moute’s biggest value might be continuing as a mentor to fellow Cameroon native Joel Embiid, who is likely to miss his rookie season as he recovers from foot surgery. The 7-foot Embiid was the No. 3 choice in June’s draft.
An NBA source said Shved has a chance for some minutes and that Mbah a Moute is also expected to stay, as opposed to being waived or bought out.
As for Shved, he is still relatively young as he is just 25 years old. The 6'6", 190 lbs. shooting guard averaged 4.0 points while shooting 32.1% from the field in 10.5 minutes per game last season. His rookie season in 2012-13, Shved averaged 8.6 points and 3.7 assists on 37.2% shooting from the field in 23.9 minutes per game.
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